I have a GB board coming in soon, that Saka68, that I’m pretty excited for. One thing about it that’s kind of unique is that it utilizes a sandwich mount plate, something I’ve seen a couple other times in the hobby, but really not that often. As a stand-alone mounting style, it seems decent. You get what I assume is going to be an even typing experience, similar to gasket or top mount. And from the sound tests I’ve heard on YouTube for the Saka prototype, I like what I hear (very robust and deep sounding)
However there are some cons that I think are safe to assume will be associated with this mounting style. 1 potential one I could foresee is some rattling and unpleasant typing feel between the metal-on-metal contact the plate makes with both sides of the case. This wasn’t prevalent in the few typing tests I heard, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this occurs to a certain extent. The other much more obvious issue (or it could be an asset/feature, depending on the point of view), is that this will have probably one of the most stiff typing experiences compared to any other mounting styles, except for integrated plates, obviously.
So what I’m wondering is, since I couldn’t seem to find any posts related to this topic through googling or on this forum, what are some potential mods that could be made to a sandwich mount board like the Saka to alleviate some of the above issues?
Here’s a couple basic and obvious ones so far:
- Getting a custom made plate of softer material like POM to add a bit of bottom out softness, and to prevent metal-on-metal contact.
- Add some sort of super thin material, almost like switch films, at each of the corners to remove metal-on-metal contact and therefore any rattling
I would love to hear thoughts and ideas from other people in the forum